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WindsofCreation
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 3/24/2008 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok...so I've read some of your posts about hair loss. I don't understand how i am still losing so much hair. Ive had colitis since 06. No flare-ups whatsover. I am taking colazal(4 a day) and thats it. Ive tried other 5-ASA drugs such as asacol and lialda and those didn't seem to do the trick. I have heard that they can cause hairloss. It's strange....I am perfectly healthy,workout 5 times a week, eat healthy, and takes vitamins...biotin etc....It's like my doctor doesn't really care....kind of like a ''go bald or die'' attitude. Going bald at 22 sucks!Any help?

quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30585
   Posted 3/24/2008 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
What were your symptoms before you were diagnosed? Were you ever on pred?

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


jujub
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   Posted 3/24/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Colazal can also cause hair loss, as can many medications. Here is a link to a partial list:

http://wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/hair_loss/side-effects.htm

I think you'll be surprised how many meds are on the list.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
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WindsofCreation
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 3/24/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
When I first diagnosed and started taking my meds,the put me on steroids,but that was only for a few weeks.I was also taking 9 asacol a day.But that was also about 2 years ago. What other alternative drugs are there for me to take that aren't 5-ASA drugs?

jujub
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   Posted 3/25/2008 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
WindsofCreation, some of the other drugs used include:

Sulfasalazine - an older drug, sometimes not as effective and it can also cause hair loss.
Imuran (Azathioprine) or 6-MP - these are immunosuppressant drugs. They don't show hair loss as a side effect, but they can cause increased risk of infection, liver damage or pancreatitis.
Steroids - in addition to hair loss, they can cause moon face, weight gain and osteoporosis. They aren't intended for long-term use.
Biologicals such as Remicade and Humira - don't list hair loss as a side effect, but in some cases can cause a severe allergic reaction. They also suppress the immune system and make you more vulnerable to infections. In some people they cause joint pains also.

Perhaps some of our other members will have advice about products you can use to help maintain the health of your hair.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
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